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Old 07-27-2007, 04:23 PM   #31
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Old 07-27-2007, 04:27 PM   #32
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That time lapse is weird.

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flipflipflipflipflipflipflipflipflipflipflipflipfl ipflipflipflipflipflipflipflip border crossing


I was watching it and the first time you parked I fell forward in my chair and hit my head on the monitor.
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Old 07-27-2007, 06:39 PM   #33
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Time-lapse from Portland to Vancouver, BC

Thanks J!

Good god it was as painful to make these clips as it was to ride that stretch from Portland to Whistler!

So instead of looking at some randomly taken pictures of slog from Seattle to Vancouver, here you can watch some time-lapse to give you a feel for what it's like. Having done Portland to Seattle a bunch of times, it's just a slog for me, but if you haven't done it before and always wondered what the ride was like, here ya go!

Part 1: Portland, Oregon to before Seattle (same as the link above that J did for me). You really don't want to speed much in the Tacoma area. Speed traps abound.
Portland towards Seattle

Part 2: Through Seattle towards the border, still on I-5.
Through Seattle

Part 3: Past Seattle, then right onto Hwy 539 to get to a deserted Customs crossing, with the pre-requisite stop at the Duty Free shop to stock up on smokes and booze.
Hwy 539

Part 4: Into Canada! Very slow traffic into Vancouver on Maple Leave Hwy 1, then road construction that lasts to Whistler. It was hot, I was sleepy, and the way was slow going. They're tearing up the road to make ready for the 2008 Winter Olympics in Whistler. If you plan on making time, do not go through Whistler!
To Whistler and onto Hwy 99

I hope you like these time-lapse movies. I can make them go faster or slower. What do y'all want to see? Due to Smugmug constraints though, I don't think I can make them bigger. Hell, I don't know. If you have some tips, lemme know.

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Old 07-27-2007, 06:50 PM   #34
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The clips seem to be working fine.
I drove that "Sea to Sky" highway this past June.
I know about the construction.

Nice report so far.
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Old 07-27-2007, 08:19 PM   #35
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And finally, the end of Day 1

Ok, I warned y'all that I was going to post so many pictures that you would want to puke. The pictures start NOW!

CDN Hwy 99 is a great road - well paved, and deserted. We stayed on Hwy 99 until it junctioned with Hwy 97 to 100 Mile House where we spent our first night.

Now, for me, this is the farthest north I'd ever been, and it was all "ooh" and "ahh". "Wow, look at the snow-capped mountains!". Little was I to know how this would pale with what was in store for us.

Ok, hang on for some touristy shots!

Ok, it starts like this:




Yes, it is as deserted as it appears.







There was LOTs of stopping for pics




Ok, being an Arizona boy, I saw this river on the left and thought "Huh, it must have just rained, the wash is full!" But I guess washes that always have water in them are called "rivers"




Yeah, yeah, more scenary shots. I warned ya!




Ok, a scenary shot with a bike in it. Are you happy now?




The aftermath of Forrest doing some donuts. It was afterwards that he realized where he was and was just agog at the scenary.




Squid heaven.




Lot's of these one-lane bridges on Hwy 99!




A gratuitous shot of the Mighty KTM 640 Adventure




Just in case you think I'm lying...




I just like this picture. No comment.




513 miles from Portland. Notice that it's dark, just like you'd expect.




One cool thing was, the farther north you got, the steeper the hills.




Just in case you think I'm lying




With Forrest around, these girls were not safe.




Yes, this is as steep as it looks. I don't recall any guard rails, either.




The beginning of Canadian gas price sticker shock. Ultimately I paid up to the equivelent of about $6.50 a gallon. Mostly is was around $5.50 a gallon. Canada to US $ was practially 1 to 1.




Our campsite at 100 Mile House and the end of the 1st day. Notice the cute little yellow tent on the left. More on that, later

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Old 07-27-2007, 09:10 PM   #36
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Old 07-28-2007, 04:22 AM   #37
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More, more please.

We want to know more.
Can we have some more?
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Old 07-28-2007, 04:26 AM   #38
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Yer one of those guys that reads the magazines from the last page forward, aren't ya. Are you sure you're ready for this? Ok, here's a teaser!



At least you'll know when you should skip ahead later

this thread is incredible.....
this shot...... an INSTANT CLASSIC
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Old 07-28-2007, 04:28 AM   #39
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Originally Posted by Brauhausbier

I'm a chemist and microbiologist for Widmer Brothers Brewing in Portland, Oregon...and I have my eye on locally brewed cold beer through this trip. Many new brewpubs have opened up north since my last trip in 2001. And the first target is the Whistler Brewhouse in Whistler Village...






The house lager is clean and cold, but ouch...the cost? $8 US and with tip about $10 US here for a beer. My first indication of where our dollar has headed....

the dollar's value DOES suck
but...... you WERE in WHISTLER.... the MOST OVERPRICED CITY IN ALL OF CANADA, afterall
it's also one of the most beautiful
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Old 07-28-2007, 04:45 AM   #40
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an amazing journey
can't wait to see more

it's incredible how canada is no longer a relatively inexpensive destination for US citizens
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Old 07-28-2007, 05:30 AM   #41
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Thanks for posting ......can't wait for the rest of your story....

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Old 07-28-2007, 10:03 AM   #42
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Day 2 from 100 Mile House to (almost) Hyder, AK

We rip down the campsite and head for the hills. But first we need some coffee and breakfast.

Brauhausbier is a little paranoid about the fuel pump on his 950 (as he should be) and even brought along a spare. Forrest and I leave the coffee house first and decide to play a little trick on Brauhausbier. I grab my water bottle and pour a little puddle under his bike and when he comes out, we point to it and say "Dude, I think you're leaking gas!" It was pretty funny watching the panic set in as the thought of having some kind of bike problem so far from home sets in. We wanted to let the joke go for awhile, but I was starting to feel bad about it. Nevertheless, we schemed about putting oil under his bike the next time.




Forrest looking patient, but he's not, he's ready to go!




Forrest laughing while I try to figure out how to make my camera work.




We're almost to Alaska!




One of many stunning shots.




The scenary is always improved with a motorcycle in the shot




If you don't like road construction, the Great White North is not for you. None of them were bad though, maybe 10 or 20 minutes. I never minded because it was a nice break. We usually talked to the lollipop girls who come in for the summer from all over to make big bank and listen to stories from weirdos like us. 12 hour days though. If you're on a bike, always go straight to the front. Do it now because you're just going to have to pass all these guys later anyway.




Even the straight roads were awesome!




Just in case you think I'm lying




You gotta love how late the sun sets.









We're just short of Hyder. Thought we could make it, but...

Forrest is peeing on his bike to put out the fire, and Brauhausbier is just now realizing that he's gotta go dookie.




I was investigating an electrical problem and stuck my finger where it doesn't belong




Note the stylish fasion dress - straight from Paris.




New friends from Germany. They were great to talk to. I spoke more German on this trip than I have in the last 20 years put together. These guys invited our freezing carcasses over to warm by the fire when we really needed it. Then, they broke out the good Canadian beer. After the beer was finished off, they broke out the Canadian Whiskey. They love Canada and try to come over every year. The rig rental (truck and 5th wheel) works out to over $1,000 a day.




The sun has set. Neat.




After we ran out of wood, I set forth in the woods in search of firewood. After I broke though, say 20 feet from the road, I bend over to pick up some sticks and see this:

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Old 07-28-2007, 10:43 AM   #43
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Brauhausbier is a little paranoid about the fuel pump on his 950 (as he should be) and even brought along a spare. Forrest and I leave the coffee house first and decide to play a little trick on Brauhausbier. I grab my water bottle and pour a little puddle under his bike and when he comes out,
I'm not laughing here ..... well not much.

Bwa-hahahahahahahahahahahaha.
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Old 07-28-2007, 11:33 AM   #44
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Another time-lapse

This is just a little time-lapse waiting at a road construction site.

Sitting at a road construction site.
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Old 07-28-2007, 12:01 PM   #45
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Another stupid time-lapse


This is just one sitting at a gas station in a one-crossroads town. Amazingly busy.

Busy little gas station.
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